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Friday, October 16, 2009


Registered 501(c)3 Organization Hopes to Collect 100,000 Cell Phones, Enough to Provide 6 Million Minutes Calling Time for Troops Serving Overseas

NORWELL, Mass., October 16, 2009 – In August, Cell Phones for Soldiers provided their 50 millionth minute of talk time to keep troops serving overseas connected with their loved ones at home.

The efforts of thousands of Americans throughout the country are enabling Cell Phones for Soldiers to distribute over 7,000 calling cards per week to our deployed warriors. They are asking for everyone to donate their used cell phones so that they can honor even more of our deployed in observance of upcoming Veteran’s Day on November 11th. They are hoping to collect 100,000 phones in the next two months. The ambitious goal is only one and a half percent of the estimated 7.2 million cell phones Americans will retire during the month of September. The vast majority of these phones will be added to landfills, where they pose a toxic risk to the surrounding environment.

Cell Phones for Soldiers safely recycles retired cell phones, and uses the proceeds to provide prepaid calling cards for the brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces abroad. The average recycled cell phone is worth enough to provide a 60 minute calling card for international use.

“Donating your old cell phone is a small, easy sacrifice to make to support our troops.” says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. “But for the troops overseas, it provides a priceless connection to their loved ones at home.”

The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which reimburses Cell Phones for Soldiers for recycled phones. Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including:
• Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
• Copper wiring from phone chargers
• Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
• Plastic from phone cases and accessories

One Drop Off location is at Farmers Insurance By David Lorms, at 2200 N Loop W, Ste. 122, Houston, TX 77018, 713-688-8669.

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